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Predators, Reapers, and Psychology’s Do-No-Harm Ethics Because drone warfare has profound psychological effects on many different levels, it raises critical questions for members of our profession, including questions about the do-no-harm ethics of psychologists' participation in drone-related operations and research.
Getting in Touch with Your Anger Sometimes you need to get angry a little more often.  Here’s why.Anger often gets a bad rap.  If you google it, you wind up with a lot of websites talking about anger management, as if anger is only a force that needs to be controlled.  (And for some people, that’s the...
Best of Our Blogs: August 12, 2014 Every time I hear someone say that what goes on outside shouldn’t affect your internal state of mind, I believe them. I do. We should be still like the ocean’s bottom, unchanging despite the surface waves. This way we won’t rock one way when life is good and crumble the other...
Enduring Identity of Am-ness We are not things. We look like things but we are not things. I can bump into a table, I can bump into you as if you were a thing out there, an obstruction… But we are not things. When you walk into a river, you bump against a current...
Oh Captain My Captain – SHAZBAT – Robin Williams Words cannot express my personal feelings of sadness and loss.  I’ve never personally known the man but through his humor and the way he could make me laugh like no other comedian could and I felt a connection. My first encounter with Robin Williams was via  Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)...
Mourning Robin Williams: The Tragedy of Suicide I’m not one for celebrity gossip. For the most part, I’m content to let the stars of Hollywood live out their drama in their own world of fame. There are very few actors whose lives I pay attention to, or whose deaths I truly mourn. Robin Williams is one of...
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Robin Williams: A Devastating Loss In Patch Adams, he made me cry. In Mork and Mindy, he made me laugh. In Good Will Hunting he made be believe. In absolutely everything he ever did, Robin Williams was a wizard and a trickster and about four steps ahead and beyond everyone else on the screen. I...
‘Seeing’ through virtual touch is believing: New tech to help the visually impaired Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it’s on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life. These tools could be based [...]The post ‘Seeing’ through virtual touch is believing: New tech to help the visually impaired appeared first on PsyPost.
Target identified for rare inherited neurological disease in men Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the mechanism by which a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disease causes often crippling muscle weakness in men, in addition to reduced fertility. The study, published August 10 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that a gene mutation long recognized as a key to the development [...]The post Target identified for rare inherited neurological disease in men appeared first on PsyPost.
Robin Williams, Bipolar Sufferer, Dead at 63 Due to When a person chooses suicide, it’s hard to accept that choice. Comedian and award-winning actor Robin Williams apparently made that choice earlier this morning. Robin Williams has long been a sufferer of bipolar disorder, a mental illness where the person fluctuates between episodes of extreme energy, focus and productivity (mania)...
RIP Robin Williams   It is being reported by several reputable news sources that Robin Williams passed away this morning, at the age of 63, from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. He was best known for films such as Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, and TV’s incomparable Mork from Mork...
Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Heather Foster “Thriving with Mental Illness” is a regular interview series featuring individuals who have a mental illness and are living well. Unfortunately, we don’t hear these stories nearly enough. We don’t hear nearly enough about people with mental illness who are living healthy, meaningful lives. And we don’t hear nearly enough...
Therapy and the Pdoc Today was a hard day. I had therapy and an appointment with my psychiatrist, both in the same office suite. When I arrived the tiny waiting room was packed with little ones to quite big ones. I waited a step away from the guy in front of me at the...
Is Facebook Really Turning Us into Narcissists? There is mounting evidence that narcissism is related to heavy Facebook use, and many in the popular media are quick to blame Facebook for increasing levels of narcissism. However new research suggests that Facebook use may be a consequence, and not a cause, of narcissism.
Biomarker could reveal why some develop post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) Blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure, or biomarker, of risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), researchers report. PTSD is triggered by a terrifying event, either witnessed or experienced. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD, which is why the study aimed to identify biomarkers that could better measure each person's vulnerability to the disorder.
Blood cells are a new and unexpected source of neurons in crayfish Researchers have strived for years to determine how neurons are produced and integrated into the brain throughout adult life. In an intriguing twist, scientists reporting in the August 11 issue of the Cell Press journal Developmental Cell provide evidence that adult-born neurons are derived from a special type of circulating blood cell produced by the immune system. [...]The post Blood cells are a new and unexpected source of neurons in crayfish appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Dimmer switch’ drug idea could tackle schizophrenia without side effects Discovery of a new mechanism of drug action could lead to the next generation of drugs to treat schizophrenia. Affecting one per cent of the world’s population, schizophrenia is a major health condition. It affects a person’s ability to think, feel and act and is associated with distressing symptoms including hallucinations and delusions. New Monash [...]The post ‘Dimmer switch’ drug idea could tackle schizophrenia without side effects appeared first on PsyPost.
‘An exceptional feat’: Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months. As a first demonstration of its potential, researchers used the brain-like tissue to study chemical and electrical changes that occur immediately [...]The post ‘An exceptional feat’: Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue appeared first on PsyPost.
Celebrity promotion of charities ‘is largely ineffective,’ says research Celebrity promotion of charities is ineffective at raising awareness, but can make the stars more popular with the public, new research says. According to journal articles by three UK academics, “the ability of celebrity and advocacy to reach people is limited” and celebrities are “generally ineffective” at encouraging people to care about “distant suffering”. The [...]The post Celebrity promotion of charities ‘is largely ineffective,’ says research appeared first on PsyPost.